Yale New Haven Health System

  • SURGICAL PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

    Job Locations US-CT-New London
    Lawson ID
    68071
    Department
    LMP SURG PHYS ASSTS
    Category
    ADVANCED PRACTITIONERS/PA/NP
    Position Type
    Full Time Benefits Eligible
    Scheduled Hours
    40
    Work Schedule
    DAYS
    Work Days
    M-F
    Work Hours
    7-3
    Work Shift
    ROTATING CALL TO COVER NIGHTS, WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS
    Requisition ID
    2018-20988
  • Overview

    Surgical Physician Assistant- Lawrence & Memorial Hospital - New London, CT

     

    The primary function of a Surgical Physician Assistant (PA) is to provide comprehensive care to patients in collaboration with physicians in the perioperative setting. Each PA has a designated supervising physician as outlined by Connecticut General Statute. Exemplifies behaviors reflecting Service Excellence and support of the Strategic Dimensions by modeling the Core Success Factors as described in the Performance Review.

     

    Lawrence + Memorial is a not-for-profit, general, acute care, private hospital that has been serving this region since 1912. We are licensed for 280 beds and provide patient care to medical, surgical, pediatric, rehab, psychiatric and obstetrical patients. Lawrence + Memorial Hospital offers a full service surgery program for both inpatient and outpatient procedures. All surgical procedures at L+M are performed by board-certified surgeons to ensure patient safety, comfort and the best possible outcomes.

    We offer same-day or next-day consultation appointments. Our surgeons apply the latest proven techniques and technologies, including minimally invasive surgery to reduce the size of an incision and reduce scarring after surgery. Our anesthesiologists also use the latest in targeted anesthesia applications so that your recovery is as pain-free and as fast as possible.

    At L+M, we understand that everyone is apprehensive before surgery, and so our staff – from the receptionists at the front desk to the nurses in the post-anesthesia care unit – will treat you with care and compassion.

     

    For more information please contact Natasha Bell at natasha.bell@ynhh.org or 203-502-6515.

     

    To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values—integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion—must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.

    Responsibilities

      1. Provides first and second assisting in General Surgery and other surgical subspecialties as needed and demonstrates proficiency in a variety of surgical techniques, depending on surgical specialty assigned, which includes but is not limited to knot tying, suturing, skin closure, sterile technique, maintaining exposure of the surgical site, laparoscopic surgical technique and anticipating surgeon needs. 
      2. Performs specialized invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures as credentialed or under the supervision of a physician procedures, including (but not limited to) dressing changes, minor wound care, suturing of minor wounds, drain advancement and removal, nasogastric tube placement, removal of central venous catheters, administration of local anesthetics, skin staple and suture removal, bladder catheterization (including re-insertion of suprapubic tubes), wound debridement, removal of chest tubes, arterial punctures, venipunctures for intravenous administration or blood sampling, reinsertion of gastrostomy tubes. 
      3. Physician Assistants will rotate in surgical physician assistant call schedule including coverage of Obstetric c-section assists 
      4. Rounds daily on assigned patients and has the primary responsibility for documenting the patient's status, data assessment and plan of care. Regularly communicates concise but complete patient information on patient status and pertinent test results to surgeons and consulting physician(s) as needed. 
      5. Develops treatment plans in consultation with the supervising physician(s) based on initial and ongoing assessment of patients, medical, physical, and psychological status. 
      6. Implements physician-directed treatment plans including writing or phoning orders for medications, treatments, tests, IV fluids, etc. and interpret normal and abnormal findings. 
      7. Assists physician(s) with patient care, has primary responsibility for medical record documentation andrelated paperwork and ordering of tests/procedures and sub-specialty consultations. 
      8. May assist with contacting patients' primary care physician. For new admissions, obtains comprehensive health histories, performs complete physical examinations, enters admission orders for appropriate laboratory and diagnostic imaging tests, and completes orders for therapy under the supervision of Physician(s). 
      9. Communicates patient treatment plans to social workers, care coordinators and health care agencies and serves as a liaison and interacts with ancillary services to ensure timely and comprehensive care for all patients. 
      10. Provides patient education and counseling regarding health status, test results, disease processes, and discharge planning. Completes discharge paperwork when applicable, including the W-10 and prescriptions and the discharge summary. Reviews discharge instructions with patients and nursing at time of discharge. Coordinates outpatient follow-up.
      11. Serves as a liaison to patients and their families.
      12. Shares the responsibility of carrying the Surgicalist phone on a rotating basis with other team members as determined by the departmental needs.
      13. Collects all paperwork associated with the daily sign-out process and ensures that patient sign-outs are updated either in EPIC or on paper for all general surgical patients by shift end. 
      14. Assists in the care of in-house surgical patients, ensuring safe and efficient car
      15. Performs post-operative evaluations on in house patient as needed
      16. Physician Assistants will conduct office hours in the NEMG General Surgery office for patients referred from the emergency room for evaluation and consultation and for post -op global patients. 
      17. Documents a brief post-op note within 24 hours in EPIC for any procedure invasive procedure performed or on which they have assisted. Note will include documentation of PA role in procedure, ie exposure, retraction, dissection, wound closure, etc...

    Qualifications

    EDUCATION

     

    Graduation from an accredited Physician Assistant/Associate program required. Certified as a Physician Assistant/Associate by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Must hold a valid Connecticut medical license, Connecticut Controlled Substance Registration and Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Certification.

     

    EXPERIENCE

     

    One (1) to two (2) years prior surgical experience is preferred but not required

     

    SPECIAL SKILLS

     

    Excellent clinical, interpersonal and organizational skills. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

     

    PHYSICAL DEMAND

     

    MMR is required. Varivax (chicken pox vaccine) or evidence of prior chicken pox is required. Hepatitis B (or signed declination) is required for those with potential exposure to blood/body fluids. Tdap and influenza vaccination are strongly encouraged. Must be able to withstand the rigors of being on call for long hours. Frequent exposure to blood/body fluids, communicable diseases, biohazards, and other hazardous conditions. Must be able to withstand physically demanding positions for extended periods including but not limited to standing, sitting, walking, bending, stooping, and twisting.

     

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